Jaguars QB Blake Bortles Hailed for Helping Stop Truck Thief

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Jacksonville Jaguars Quarterback Blake Bortles is being hailed for jumping in to help prevent the theft of a pick-up truck in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, according to police.

Police report that an 18-year-old suspect named Joseph Horton began rummaging through vehicles parked outside the home of Jags center Brandon Linder as a party went on inside. The suspect allegedly found Bortles’ wallet sitting in his unlocked truck. Surveillance video showed that he then tried to drive off in the truck but could not edge past other vehicles, Sporting News reported.

The teen then supposedly entered the home, but raised suspicions when no one at the party knew him.

Police say that Bortles helped detain the suspect and was holding the teen inside the house when they arrived.

Horton was arrested and charged with burglary, trespassing and grand theft, according to court documents.

Police discovered that the suspect lives with his parents in a multimillion-dollar home on the Intracoastal Waterway, News 4 JAX reported.

On Twitter, one Bortles fan joked that the QB has prevented more truck heists than archrival the Cincinnati Bengals have won playoffs.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.


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